The FIFA World Cup Brazil and Argentina qualifiers are well under way and there’s an exciting match coming up. While Lionel Messi and Neymar, Jr. might be teammates, take a look as they face off against each other in their match as Argentina takes on Brazil in a battle of powerhouses.
These two Latin American teams are top of their group at the first and second spot. They are now fighting for the right to qualify for the 2022 World Cup at Qatar without having to fight in a playoff. Spain, Serbia, and Croatia are already through, while any team that loses the match may have to face off against Portugal, Sweden, and Russia in the playoff.
Messi in the Lineup
Leo Messi has been struggling with injuries lately. Fortunately for Argentina, they enter the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers with the prized forward, even as their qualification is not guaranteed. Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni said that the reason he played against Uruguay was to get a feel of the game, and that he had been feeling good since that game.
The Argentina manager added that Messi is in good spirits and optimistic about his condition and the match, stressing that he will be available to play against Brazil. Despite that, Argentina is still incomplete, with Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain teammate and fellow countryman Leandro Paredes still injured.
Other Teammates to Step Up
Even with Paredes being absent, Messi will be able to count on Julian Alvarez and Paulo Dybala. According to Scaloni the duo has been treated for their injuries and seem fine. Paredes, for his part, had been training for three days with the team, but it’s still the coach’s decision whether he will play in the game against Brazil, something 12BET sportsbook analysts will watch closely.
The manager stressed that winning this game is crucial heading into the World Cup. Far from just qualifying by leading their group, the manager added it’s important to get the win; a victory against a strong rival and one that seems headed to the World Cup is always a good thing, he said.
Where the Standings Are
Currently, Messi’s Argentina and Neymar’s Brazil are at 2 and 1. Argentina still needs a full six points to even be shoulder to shoulder with Brazil, although they are eight points ahead of third-running Ecuador. Expect the game to be a knockout affair between both teams as they seek outright qualification without having to play in the playoffs.
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